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OCR Issues FAQs on Telemedicine Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on March 23, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a new FAQs on Telehealth and HIPAA during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency (the “FAQ”).  The OCR clarifies guidance provided in its Notification of Enforcement Discretion...


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COVID-19 Does Not Discriminate and Neither Should You or Your Facility

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Elizabeth M. Roberson on March 23, 2020

During this Public Health Emergency it is important to remember that the civil rights of patients still must be upheld. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently provided a Bulletin regarding the civil rights laws and their implementing...


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Safeguarding Confidential Information In Remote Work Configurations

Posted by: Shelley M. Jackson and Susan E. Ziel on March 23, 2020

Professionals have been working remotely from their home, their hotel rooms, and even their cars, for years. The COVID-19 crisis caused many of us to significantly increase the number of persons working remotely, the number of hours per day worked remotely, and extent and nature of work being...


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Indiana Medicaid Covers Telemedicine Services in COVID-19 Response

Posted by: Brandon W. Shirley and Meghan M. Linvill McNab on March 20, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Indiana Medicaid program released a statement on March 19, 2020 announcing new coverage policies to make it easier to provide telemedicine services to patients during the public health emergency declaration as announced by Governor Holcomb. Effective immediately, Indiana Medicaid will cover...


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DEA Removes In-Person Examination Requirement for Prescribing Controlled Substances Amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Posted by: Stephanie T. Eckerle and Alexandria M. Foster on March 19, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Health care practitioners with valid DEA registrations may prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine while COVID-19 is considered a public health emergency. Generally, a provider may not issue a controlled substance prescription without an in-person medical examination; however, this...


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PTO Donations and COVID-19

Posted by: Kendall A. Schnurpel on March 19, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

With the recent dramatic events concerning COVID-19, Krieg DeVault LLP has seen an increase in the number of client questions regarding the use of Paid Time Off (“PTO”) donation programs to help offset employee demand for time off related to COVID-19 treatment and containment. The following...


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OCR Temporarily Lessens HIPAA Requirements for Telecommunications in Wake of COVID-19

Posted by: Alexandria M. Foster and Brandon W. Shirley on March 18, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On March 17, 2020, the Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) published an announcement that it would temporarily suspend HIPAA enforcement to support telehealth service expansion efforts. The OCR’s announcement coincided with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’...


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